Pierrick Bourrat

Pierrick Bourrat

Pierrick is a Research Fellow and Lecturer in the philosophy department at Macquarie University. He is also an affiliate of the philosophy department at the University of Sydney and member of the T&MB group where he co-leads with Paul Griffiths the project “Constructing Objective Biological Criteria of Health”.

His research focuses on the different concepts involved in evolutionary theory, such as heritability, fitness, and individuality. He is also interested in the philosophy of causation.

Pierrick has a background in evolutionary biology and cognitive sciences. He completed his PhD in philosophy at the University of Sydney in 2015. His thesis proposes news ways of understanding the concept of natural selection by stripping it down from its biological specificities.

Curriculum Vitae




Bourrat, P. (in press). Evolutionary Transitions in Individuality: a formal analysis. Synthese.
Bourrat, P. (accepted). Evolution is about Populations, but its Causes are about Individuals. Biological Theory.
Bourrat, P. (in press). In what sense can there be evolution by natural selection without perfect inheritance? International Studies in the Philosophy of Science.
Bourrat, P. (in press). Natural Selection and the Reference Grain Problem. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2019.03.003
Bourrat, P. (in press). Evolutionary transitions in heritability and individuality. Theory in Biosciences. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12064-019-00294-2




Bourrat, P. (2019). Adaptations: Product of evolution. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp. 1–4). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_2106-1
Bourrat, P. (2019). Genetic relatedness. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp. 1–4). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_1358-1 Download
Bourrat, P. (2019). On Calcott’s permissive and instructive cause distinction. Biology & Philosophy, 34(1), 1. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10539-018-9654-y Download
Bourrat, P. (2019). Variation of information as a measure of one-to-one causal specificity. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 9(1), 11. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13194-018-0224-6 Download


Bourrat, P. (2018). Have causal claims about the gut microbiome been over-hyped? BioEssays, 40(12), 1800178. https://doi.org/10.1002/bies.201800178 Download
Bourrat, P. (2018). Natural selection and drift as individual-level causes of evolution. Acta Biotheoretica. https://doi.org/10/gd2zfp Download
Bourrat, P., & Griffiths, P. E. (2018). Multispecies individuals. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 40(2). https://doi.org/10/gd2zft Download
Lu, Q., & Bourrat, P. (2018). The evolutionary gene and the extended evolutionary synthesis. The British Journal For The Philosophy Of Science, 69(3), 775–800. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axw035 Download
Wilkins, J. S., & Bourrat, P. (2018). Replication and reproduction. In E. N. Zalta (Ed.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2018). Metaphysics Research Lab, Stanford University. https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2018/entries/replication/


Bourrat, P. (2017). Explaining drift from a deterministic setting. Biological Theory, 12(1), 27–38.
Lynch, K. E., & Bourrat, P. (2017). Interpreting heritability causally. Philosophy of Science, 84(1). https://doi.org/10.1086/688933
Bourrat, P. (2017). Review of Biological Individuality: Integrating Scientific, Philosophical, and Historical Perspectives. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. https://ndpr.nd.edu/news/biological-individuality-integrating-scientific-philosophical-and-historical-perspectives/
Bourrat, P. (2017). Review of Evolution by Natural Selection: Confidence, Evidence and the Gap, by Michaelis Michael. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 95(4), 816–819.
Bourrat, P., & Lu, Q. (2017). Dissolving the missing heritability problem. Philosophy of Science, 84(5), 1055–1067. https://doi.org/10/gd2zfv
Bourrat, P., Lu, Q., & Jablonka, E. (2017). Why the missing heritability might not be in the DNA. BioEssays, 39(7), n/a-n/a. https://doi.org/10.1002/bies.201700067 Download